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Class Accounts & Academic Cluster

Due to the shared nature of the FASRC cluster and accounts system, coursework and classes cannot be accommodated on the main FASRC cluster.  We are unable to honor FERPA blocks and similar requirements on the FASRC cluster. Such information (names, usernames, job information, files in shared areas, etc.) is not visible outside the cluster, but it is potentially visible to other users on the shared cluster.

Classes in the FAS, SEAS and HCSPH can, however, use the HUIT/ATG academic cluster, a system built in conjunction with the Harvard Academic Technologies Group and University RC which is provides services similar to the FASRC cluster but is dedicated to supporting academic coursework.

Students can access this system directly from a link on the Canvas page of your course, and connect to an interactive computing portal (a dedicated instance of OpenOnDemand) which allows to run interactive computation, like Jupyter notebooks, Rstudio or Remote Desktop sessions, or to submit batch computation. Accounts are generated on the fly the first time a student connects from Canvas to FAS-OnDemand.

Any instructor who is interested in using this service, please see the ATG or URC pages below:

Please direct any support questions or issues to Harvard Academic Technologies Group ( – FASRC cannot help with this service.


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